Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies (TEIAS)

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Democratizing Haptics

Hasti Seifi

February 9, 2022
(20 Bahman, 1400)



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Hasti Seifi

Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen


Abstract: Haptics, the science and technology of programmable touch experiences, is increasingly used to improve functionality in virtual reality, robotics, and wearable applications. Investments by large companies such as Meta, Apple, and Google are helping to drive growth in the field. Yet, haptic technology is complex and specialized. Thus, current progress is limited to achievements by a small group of experts and lab-based studies that do not scale to the diverse needs and preferences of users. My goal is to create a future where anyone can understand, access, and adapt touch technology for their needs. In this talk, I present my research toward this goal in three areas of: 1) haptic personalization, 2) haptic technology collections, and 3) social physical interactions with robots. Finally, I discuss the remaining steps toward a future where effective and fun virtual touch experiences are designed, tailored, and embraced by all.


Hasti Seifi is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of British Columbia in 2017, her M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University in 2011, and her B.Sc. from the University of Tehran in 2008. Her research interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction, haptics, and social robotics. Hasti has published her work in top-tier venues such as ACM CHI, IEEE Transactions on Haptics (ToH), IEEE World Haptics Conference, and ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI). Her work was recognized by an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship (2018), the EuroHaptics best Ph.D. thesis award (2017), and a Maria Klawe award for computer science outreach (2017). Hasti serves the HCI and haptics communities in various roles such as the program chair of EuroHaptics 2022 and the associate chair for IEEE WHC, ACM CHI, and ACM UIST conferences.